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Disa brevicornis (Lindl.) Bolus
Information on the genus : Disa
Basionym : Monadenia brevicornis Lindl.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Monadenia brevicornis Lindl. (1838)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 30-50 cm tall; stem leafy; leaves numerous, imbricate, narrowly lanceolate, the largest near base, to 11x1,7 cm, grading into floral bracts; inflorescence 4-30 cm long, ± densely many-flowered; flowers bicoloured: sepals purple brownish red, petals yellow, lip yellow with purplish base; bracts lanceolate, acute, to 19x7 mm; pedicel and ovary c. 10 mm long; dorsal sepal convex, oblong, 7-10 mm long, with flattened spur, cylindrical, 6-11 mm long, acute, lying on top of ovary; lateral sepals reflexed, narrowly oblong, 5-9x2 mm; petals erect, ovate, 5-9x2 mm, inside “hood”; lip pendent, narrowly oblong, 4-8x2 mm.
Ecology : Grassland; heathland; rocky mountain tops; 2000-2700 m alt.
  E S. Africa, Lesotho (from Mt Formosa in Orchids S. Africa 34: 29, 2003). – Has been listed also from Madagascar (cf. Cribb & al. in Candollea 66: 416, 2011), but not figuring in Orchid lists of Madagascar).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.2 - 0.5 m. Alt: ? - 2700 m. Distribution: EC, FS, KN, LP, MP, WC

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 234-235 (1999).
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